Published on February 22, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Samford Debaters Natalie Bennie and Marley Davis
Samford Debaters Natalie Bennie and Marley Davis

Samford University’s debate team had great team and individual success at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Southeast District Tournament at Emory University Feb. 19–21, and qualified to compete at the National Debate Tournament to be held at Binghamton University March 31–April 4.

The Samford varsity team of Natalie Bennie of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Marley Davis of Mount Olive, Alabama, won five of its six preliminary debates en route to qualifying for nationals, defeating teams from Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Emory University and the University of Georgia. Bennie was named fourth speaker. Davis was named sixth speaker.

The junior varsity team of Hope Reamer of Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Ashley Herring of Chattanooga, Tennessee, advanced to the final four of the tournament, defeating teams from Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Herring was named fifth speaker. Reamer was named sixth speaker. Reamer won the JV Debater of the Year honor for the region.

The team of Carly Davis of Windermere, Florida, and Wesley Staples of Killen, Alabama, also competed. Davis was named Novice Debater of the Year for the region.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.